DAI

Maize Seed System

The Maize Seed System is an interactive map of the agricultural and trade network in sub-Saharan Africa. 

This data-driven application is used for sharing knowledge and identifying connections among system actors—such as seed suppliers, farmers, importers and policymakers—in order to better understand how to improve investments, programs, and interventions within the system as a whole. 

The need for a stronger and more impervious maize network is more pressing each year, as the effects of climate change become more evident worldwide. Across much of sub-Saharan Africa where maize is the most important staple crop, production is primarily rain-fed, which makes farmers vulnerable to food insecurity. Approximately 40 percent of Africa’s maize crop suffers a loss in yield due to drought conditions, endangering the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers and several hundred million consumers. 

International development company, DAI is working with other agencies and organizations including USAID to establish a new climate resilient maize initiative to help solve these problems. Mapping out the maize seed system as it currently stands is an important first step; the next will be using the information generated to identify the right solutions, and provide them.